See how many species you can pick out
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I'll add Lesser Flamingo and Black Winged Stilt ?
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That's three - two to go
Guessing now, Black Tailed Godwit and Ringed Plover ?
What about a Little Stint?
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Little stint is correct
Close on the plover - you may want to consider the length of its bill and the feet
Yellow legs, a Little Ringed Plover ?
It looks most like a Ringed Plover to me, too, though I lose detail when I blow it up and I cannot tell the leg colour. The shape of the dark patch below the eye and the white behind and above the eye look right for Ringed. Which species did you think it was?
I too would have said Ringed Plover but then is that a yellow orbital ring I see? In which case it’s a Little RP (though I’m convinced I can see an orange leg too).
Semipalmated - very similar to ringed with as you say a yellow orbital ring
Was it a first for Kenya?! I thought they wintered in South America? If I have that wrong...I apologise.
C. semipalmatus would explain the orange(?) leg but the eye ring is described as thin (Collins, HarperCollins 2009)and surely would not be that noticeable in this photo (LRP eye ring described as obvious by contrast ibid).
Also I was under the same impression as Ian about their demographics. Indeed my trusty Helm ID guide to Birds of Kenya (admittedly quite aged now) lists 22 plovers, one of which is not semipalmated.
You are of course right - how idiotic of me - unfortunately I gave my copy of Helm away to a young guide in Kenya and haven't replaced it
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